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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Do depo shots lead to heavy bleeding?

Hi my name is Keira I am 28yrs old recently started taking the depo I am due for my third shot on the 5-may-2014 when getting my first shot I started spotting straight away then two weeks due to my next shot I started to bleeding heavy and have not stopped bleeding heavy for about 14 weeks with clots the size of a 50c coin or larger sometimes getting chills or hot flushes sever headaches, dizziness, sever cramping to point it s crippling, lower back aches, mode swings and problems with sleeping. Are theses symptoms all because of the depo and is normal to bleed this heavy for so long with daily clotting?
Wed, 29 Nov 2017
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Thanks for sharing your health concern with us. With any form of hormone contraception, it is usual to experience some menstrual disturbances during the initial couple of months owing to alteration of the hormone milieu. As the body adjusts to the new status, the situation is stabilized. In your case, it appears that your body has not adjusted to the altered hormone milieu and hence these abnormal bleeding patterns and other symptoms are seen. I would ask you to consult your health care provider and choose an alternate form of contraception. You also need to have monitoring of hepatic, cardiovascular and coagulation status. Hope this helps.
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